NewSOC is a 3-year EU H2020 project entitled “Next Generation solid oxide fuel cell and electrolysis technology“. The kick-off meeting of NewSOC was held from January 9-10th, 2020, at DTU (Denmark).
The EU has the long-term goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% to 95% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, mainly by introducing more shares of renewable energy sources. Solid oxide technologies are key enabling technologies for allowing for such integration. The NewSOC project aims at significantly improving performance, durability, and cost competitiveness of solid oxide cells & stacks compared to state-of-the-art. The NewSOC project will validate the new cells & stacks at the level of large cells with > 50 cm2 active area and short-stacks in close collaboration with industry thereby moving the TRL from 2 to 4.
The project involves 16 partners from all over Europe, is led by DTU, and includes 6 major European SOC manufacturers. Industry partners will take the lead for providing a path how to increase the TRL level beyond the project period towards TRL 6.
The role of IREC in this project is to develop new SOC concepts based on 3D printing of ionic conductor ceramics. The novel cells will be integrated and tested in SoA stacks from leading companies in the sector such as SolidPower (IT) and Sunfire (DE). These activities are led by Alex Morata from the Nanionics and Fuel Cells groups at IREC.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874577.